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I was in receipt of do a and when it changed to pip I received the equivalent award. However at my last assessment they have lowered the award. I had a terrible time with Capita and had to ask my MP to help which he did. I have had 3 home assessments over the last 2 - 3 years. First lady was lovely but never sent her report. Second lady was lovely and my award stayed the same. This time the assessor didn't arrive and I was not informed why and had to go through lots of stress to finally get an another appointment. The lady seemed very professional although a little stern! It now appears that she took no notice of what I said and has actually told a few untruths. I asked for an MR which came back about 8 days later as a refusal. I used my driving licence as I'd and they have made a big issue about the fact that I still drive despite the fact that I told the assessor I rarely do! After a serious car accident I cannot leave the house without my husband but it said I could plan and make journeys unaided! I am going to appeal but doubt I would cope going to the tribunal so am going to rely on papers. At a previous assessment I was told that my GP had written a supporting letter. I have asked for the evidence used and got a phone call from DWP last week asking me to confirm what papers I wanted. I did go to CAB but the lady was most unhelpful and suggested just put on the form that I don't drive very often! So I fell that I am on my own and really am confused with it all. Can I call the DWP and speak to the decision maker and explain where I think they missed points? Any advice would be gratefully received. I am really struggling with pain and am planning on typing things for the appeal as writing would take so long, is this acceptable?
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